Gaming News December 2006

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Logitech ChillStream PC Game Controller Review

Virtual Hideout :: Friday, December 29, 2006
‘Today I’ll be looking at a brand new controller design from Logitech known as the ‘ChillStream’. As the name implies, this product is made to cool. But how? It’s just a gamepad. Looks can be deceiving and although this looks like just a quality gamepad, it’s actually a quality gamepad with a fan built in to deliver a cool breeze (or a chilled stream of air) to the users palms allowing you to game for hours and hours and avoid C.G.P.S (clammy gaming palm syndrome). Let’s take a closer look at this unique new product from Logitech.”

PS2 to outsell PS3 in 2007 and 2008
Business Week :: Friday, December 29, 2006
“The PS2 already owns the industry’s all-time sales record,” said Business Week. “As of last March, Sony had shipped more than 103 million units worldwide. In the year ending in March, 2007, Sony expects to sell an additional 11 million — and just 6 million PS3s. In the following year, Sony will likely ship another 11 million PS2s vs. 7 million PS3s, according to research by rating agency Standard & Poor’s (MHP).”

AdventureQuest Announces Special Gift Deliveries, Holiday Greetings, and More!
Artix Entertainment :: Friday, December 29, 2006
If you think the fun of the holidays is over, think again! Due to the spectacular war fought (and won by our valiant forces!) against the Frost King, the Frostval gift boxes have not been delivered. A state of emergency has been declared, as all gifts undelivered by January 1st will lose their magical powers forever. Frostval calls upon everyone to deliver these wonderful gifts to the world before the deadline.

The complete FScene collection for FS9 on CD.
FScene :: Friday, December 29, 2006
As an extra Ruud Faber brings his complete world-covering set of replacement textures on a colorful CD at the same price as the download version. For those who have no fast internet connection this will be great news. The CD contains ground textures in all seasons and for all continents. This is the definite FScene version for FS2004 (FS9).

Voyage Century Hosts Online Party With Hints 
Voyage Century :: Friday, December 29, 2006
It was the party of the century — the 16th century, that is! Voyage Century Online, the eagerly-awaited 16th century nautical online game from Internet Gaming Gate (IGG), held an online party for its beta testers December 21st, just hours prior to its official launch on December 22nd.

Ruling the Second Life
PC Mech :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
With technology booming in the past decade, it is not a stretch to see certain real-life representations take on a virtual theme. The art of artificial intelligence has grown in numerous industries including video games and business situations. I want to look at the latter case, where businesses and individuals have come together to form a virtual world called Second Life.

Everquest 2: Echoes of Faydwer (PC) review
Driver Heaven :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
“Since EQ2 came out the game has seen tons of changes. Some of them were minor (interface tweaks, zone population balancing, etc.) but a great number of them were major. The combat in the game was completely revamped, the old class leveling system got scraped and the list doesn’t stop there.”

F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (PC CD-ROM) 
Barry’s Rigs ‘n’ Reviews :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
“In 2005, F.E.A.R. raised the bar for first-person shooters with dazzling special effects, intense combat with fiendishly clever and intelligent enemies; a top-secret government experiment gone horribly wrong—and the supernatural. In F.E.A.R. Extraction Point, you reprise your role as the elite operative of First Encounter Assault Recon, who was sent in to deal with the threat, and now find yourself the hunted instead of the hunter.”

Left Behind: Eternal Forces PC Game Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Thursday, December 28, 2006
” The Left Behind series is huge, selling millions of copies worldwide, I myself have read a couple of the series as well, and they are very good. I was very much looking forward to a game based on the series of books with high hopes for something great. In all honesty though the game is pretty good but lacks something that makes it a great game. Overall, Left Behind: Eternal forces is an interesting game and true die hard fans of the book series will love it, but regular gamers might not. Left Behind: Eternal Forces deals with things that are a bit controversial, which doesn’t bother me at all, in fact I like controversy, but there are people out there who hate this game and those people have never even seen or played it. It’s worth playing, it really is, if you are a fan of RTS type games then you might just love this game, there are many aspects to it that can be appreciated, so continue on to learn more about Eternal Forces the Game… Oh and I have seven keys to give away so you can play Eternal Forces online for free! ”

Nintendo’s Wii and DS to join forces in 2007
Nintendo :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
In a chat with MCV, DS product manager James Honeywell elaborates on Nintendo’s plan to put its latest home and handheld consoles on speaking terms. While no time table for release of interoperability features is revealed, Honeywell claims that gamers can expect a departure from the functionality offered by currently available combinations like the PS2 and PSP, or the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs.

Bungie Addresses Halo 3 Buzz
Bungie :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Yes, there will be a video documentary released this week, and no, the Brute race will not by playable characters in Halo 3.

Need for Speed Carbon Collector’s Edition (PC DVD-ROM)
Barry’s Rigs ‘n’ Reviews :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Last year, Need for Speed: Most Wanted introduced you to the fast and dangerous world of high-stakes underground street racing and police pursuits. In Need for Speed Carbon Collector’s Edition, you’ll build your own street racing crew who’ll have your back as you fight to clear your name and battle rival crews for territory. But before the streets are yours, you’ll have to face the leaders of the city’s toughest, most notorious crews—and survive The Canyon… ”

The Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review
Hardware Logic :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
“Adding to a list that already includes names like Diamondback, Krate, Copperhead, and Death Adder….Razer, the king of creepy names, introduces yet another gaming peripheral that promises to catch the eye, if not the heart of the diehard gamer. Today, HL takes a close look at Razer’s Tarantula Gaming Keyboard”

FREE Outbreak Game Level
Alten8 :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
As a special thank you for the people who have supported Alten8 during 2006 , and with us looking forward to an even better year still in 2007 , Alten8 and the creators of OUTBREAK , have released a special , free to download short level of OUTBREAK.

Guitar Hero 2 Videos
Sony :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Five amusing promo videos of Guitar Hero 2 (in MP4 format)

Guitar Hero lawsuit settled out of court
Activision :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
RedOctane, Activision and The Ant Commandos end legal dispute

RedOctane, Activision and peripherals manufacturer The Ant Commandos have settled the Guitar Hero lawsuit initiated in August this year.

Smaller CPU in Xbox 360 delayed
Microsoft :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
In April 2006, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing signed an agreement with Microsoft to manufacture CPUs for the Xbox 360 on 65nm Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology originally scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2007. That window of release, however, has been pushed back to mid-2007.

December Xbox 360 backwards compatibility update
Microsoft :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
An update available over Xbox Live boosts the Xbox 360’s list of backwards compatible games to over 300 original Xbox titles.

Surprise! Microsoft upgrades Xbox 360 warranty to one year
Microsoft :: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Surprise: Microsoft upgrades Xbox 360 warranty to one year

Java Project Looking Glass 1.0
Phoronix :: Thursday, December 21, 2006
“Project Looking Glass has reached version 1.0! For the uninformed, Project Looking Glass is an open-source 3D desktop environment for not only Linux but also Solaris and Windows. This software is all powered by Java after three years in development. Curious to see what Project Looking Glass looks like in action, as well as some of their Java 3D applications? We have an arsenal of images to demonstrate this software as we run it on Fedora Rawhide FC7.”